Upcoming Asbestos Litigation Seminar Includes a Focus on Science, Including Individual Genetics

Every fall, Perrin Conferences runs a huge and excellent asbestos-litigation seminar I love to attend. This fall’s conference is Sept 19-21 in San Francisco. The full agenda is here.

This year’s conference includes a material focus on science and disease, including genetics. The conference also includes significant presentation time from Dr. Victor Roggli, author of this authoritative treatise on the pathology of asbestos-disease and one of the few experts respected and hired by both plaintiffs and defendants.

Event Agenda Day 1

10:30 AM – The Latest Advancement in Asbestos Medicine

 Latest medical advances in causation and treatment

 The pathology of an asbestos disease – do genetics have a role in determining individual causation?

 Epidemiology update

 Alternative causes of mesothelioma

 Breaking down the single fiber theory

Moderators: Sharla Frost, Esq., Powers & Frost, LLP, Houston, TX

Anne Kearse, Esq., Motley Rice LLC, Mt. Pleasant, SC

10:30 – 11:00AM- Defense Discussion:

Michael A. Graham, MD, Professor and Co-Director, Division of Forensic and Environmental Pathology, Saint Louis University School of Medicine, Chief Medical Examiner, St. Louis, MO

Victor L. Roggli, MD, Professor of Pathology, Duke University Medical Center, Durham, NC

11:00 – 11:30AM- Plaintiff Discussion:

Arnold R. Brody, Ph.D., Professor, Department of Molecular Biomedical Sciences, North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC

John C. Maddox, MD, Pathologist, Riverside Regional Medical Center, Newport News, VA


Event Agenda Day 2

11:15 AM – Secondary No Longer: The Growth of Bystander and Take Home Exposure Claims

Industrial Hygiene and Asbestos Disease Causation:

 Relative Fiber Release Associated with Various Asbestos-Containing Products

 Calculating Dose

 Bystander Exposure

 Take Home Exposure

 Friction Products Exposure

Victor L. Roggli, MD, Professor of Pathology, Duke University Medical Center, Durham, NC

Bernard Silverstein, M.S., CIH, Medical Science Affiliates, Columbia, MD

John Spencer, CIH, CSP, Environmental Profiles, Inc., Columbia, MD

John Templin, Senior Consultant, MAS, LLC, Seal Beach, CA



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